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Allentown property owners say they can?t afford city-ordered sidewalks
WFMZ ^

Posted on 04/16/2014 6:56:06 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA

Cannot excerpt from phone. City demanding that citizens pay up to $10,000 for sidewalks in a crime ridden city. Watch as more people leave and the tax base dries up further.

There is a special place in hell for people who impose things lime this on hard working citizens.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: pa; tyranny

1 posted on 04/16/2014 6:56:06 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -One by one property owners shared their stories of financial hardship, lost jobs, hours cut, and just being flat out broke in Allentown, where even the mayor admits, poverty is the city’s biggest problem.But the property owners left City Hall shocked after the Allentown Planning Commission denied their requests for a break from a city ordinance that will cost each of them $8,000 to $10,000 for the installation of new sidewalks on their properties.


2 posted on 04/16/2014 6:56:45 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Vote Demonic Party, live with the results...


3 posted on 04/16/2014 7:01:21 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Hey, isn’t this the Big Bambu Bruce Springsteen’s hometown, the hard working steelers who got screwed by anybody and everybody but GOVERNMENT?

If you ask me, if you sleep with government dogs, you wake up with fleas.

This isn’t about sidewalks; it’s about payola, greed, graft and corruption of government. I could do a very large concrete driveway for $10K....


4 posted on 04/16/2014 7:01:58 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Gaffer

“..Big Bambu Bruce Springsteen’s hometown,..”

No, it isn’t. That’s Asbury Park NJ.


5 posted on 04/16/2014 7:03:42 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Gaffer

Sounds pretty pricey, I just poured a 12x24 slap the other day $750, clearly enough for a sidewalk in front of the average home.


6 posted on 04/16/2014 7:04:27 AM PDT by eyeamok
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To: NFHale

I believe he was referring to Billy Joel’s famous song “Allentown” about this city.


7 posted on 04/16/2014 7:05:06 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: NFHale

Okay, my bad....just seem to remember him being connected with Allentown for some reason.


8 posted on 04/16/2014 7:05:09 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Let me guess,only the city approved contractor will be allowed to do the work.


9 posted on 04/16/2014 7:09:07 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Well at least they are getting a Dunkin Donuts.


10 posted on 04/16/2014 7:13:18 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Farmer Dean

These people on the board are disgusting.....they said that financial concerns do not enter into their decision making. One was a 71 yo woman who had no way of paying for it. Hope that one day they too fall prey to some similar scheme in their own lives.


11 posted on 04/16/2014 7:15:08 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red in Blue PA

“And we’re living here in ALLEN TOWWWWWWWWWWNNnnnn”

Without sidewalks


12 posted on 04/16/2014 7:16:02 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Hey 2008, we told you so)
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To: Gaffer; NFHale
Not too far off Gaffer - he has a song called "Youngstown" which as the same theme as Joel's "Allentown" and is about the decline of the steel industry however - it has more of an anti business theme, sung from the perspective of a Vietnam War Vet.

I used to be a fan but when he started spouting his hypocritical political crap, I couldn't stand him anymore. Although he does donate a lot of his time and money to local charities here, he's your typical limousine liberal now.

13 posted on 04/16/2014 7:16:26 AM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: P.O.E.

Allentown sidewalk Ping...


14 posted on 04/16/2014 7:19:16 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Red in Blue PA; Gaffer

Yes, Billy Joel wrote about “Living here in Allentown”. But Springsteen is a Jersey boy, born and bred - that was always part of his shtick.

No problem, Gaffer - yer just confusing one interchangeable lib with another, is all... :^)


15 posted on 04/16/2014 7:19:35 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

Actually Bruce grew up and graduated from High school in Freehold, NJ. He is linked to Asbury Park and the Jersey shore of course because he played so much there before hitting the big time.


16 posted on 04/16/2014 7:20:03 AM PDT by pineybill (or)
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To: capydick

Spot-on.


17 posted on 04/16/2014 7:20:08 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: pineybill

Got it, brother. Thanks!

“Pineybill”, huh? Methinks that would be “Pine Barrens” Bill?

I went canoeing in the Pines many years ago. Neat place.


18 posted on 04/16/2014 7:21:50 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I’m confused as to why they are making homeowners pay.

I’ve heard of special assessments done on property for such things as sidewalks, but, the assessment would attach to the property, to be paid whenever the property is sold.

If they did something like that, then you wouldn’t have the spectacle of an old lady being told to cough up ten grand today to pay for this.

I don’t see why they are asking homeowners to pay for it, but also don’t see why it has to be done in a strong arm way if it is being done in the first place.


19 posted on 04/16/2014 7:26:52 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I know nothing about Allentown,but it sounds like new sidewalks are the least of the city’s worries. From the tone of the story,here is a combination of property owners who cannot possibly afford this,have no need for this,& a city gov’t. who is padding the bill quite a bit. Is the city trying to acquire the property for some project or what? Placing liens on private property for something like this is beneath contempt. If the properties would go on sale for non-payment of tax liens,it would be interesting to know who buys it.


20 posted on 04/16/2014 7:29:34 AM PDT by oldtech
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To: NFHale

Yes libs are mostly fungible.


21 posted on 04/16/2014 7:34:17 AM PDT by the_daug
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To: the_daug

Good word... “able to be used in place of another.”


22 posted on 04/16/2014 8:01:24 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

They did this to us ten years ago in Arizona.

The city decided that we all needed new culverts in our driveways to cut back on flooding. They charged us each $1000-3000 for the cost of the pipe.

Hubby and I owned a strip of land that was used by two other people. (The only way to get in and out of their property), but WE had to pay up. (One of them was kind enough to give us $500 - no lawsuit or BS, just kindness, common sense, and a handshake. They were just good neighbors who wanted to keep it that way.)

So they took out our 24” pipe and put in 12” pipes. When the monsoons hit, the street and driveway flooded to hell. And I mean, we couldn’t get off our property for days kind of hell.

One of the neighbors organized us into a class-action lawsuit against the city and they did bend and replace the culverts with the proper pipe at cost to the taxpayers. (which was US, by the way)

To recap: The city forced us to come up with thousands of dollars to replace our functioning pipe with non-functioning pipe, then we had to pay to sue to get them to replace their work with functioning pipe that we ended up paying for with an increase in property taxes.

Government makes so much sense. /s


23 posted on 04/16/2014 8:04:11 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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